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Q&A with Salman Rushdie

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 1:40pm

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven previous novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the ClownThe Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction—Joseph AntonThe Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line—and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

His newest book is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story.

In anticipation of the book, we were presented with an opportunity to ask Mr. Rushdie some questions about himself and his work.

You can read the full interview here, or after the jump below.

Categories: Interview, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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Q & A with Zarqa Nawaz

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 6:51pm

Zarqa Nawaz, the name behind the hit television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, has recently released her memoir.

Entitled Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, the book tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, always funny stories of being Zarqa in a western society. From explaining to the plumber why the toilet must be within sitting arm's reach of the water tap (hint: it involves a watering can and a Muslim obsession with cleanliness "down there") to urging the electrician to place an eye-height electrical socket for her father-in-law's epilepsy-inducing light-up picture of the Kaaba, Zarqa paints a hilarious portrait of growing up in a household where, according to her father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's -- but only if you order the McFish.

In anticipation of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque's release, we asked Ms. Nawaz a few questions about her book and about her writing in general.

You can find the full Q & A with her right here.

And you can find the hilarious new book inside of our stores, available in the Canadian Biography and New Non-Fiction sections.

Categories: Interview, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Sjn on Writers & Company

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 10:13pm

Icelandic novelist, poet, and lyricist Sjn is gaining plenty of worldwide attention lately. Known most notably here in Canada for his novels The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale, and the more recent The Whispering Muse, Sjn was interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel on her CBC radio show, Writers & Company, over the weekend.

You can listen to the interview online by clicking here.

Categories: Interview, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Tots to Teens: Reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:16am

Yesterday, one of our Winnipeg booksellers, Josef, was interviewed by CTV News about some of the children and teen books available in our stores. And as always, Josef provided some amazing insights into our literature for young people.

You can watch the video on CTV's video website.

If you have any questions about the material covered in the video, contact us!

Categories: Interview, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Celebrating Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 3:45pm

On October 10th, Canadian author Alice Munro was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

This is a historic event because Ms. Munro is the first Canadian ever to have won a Nobel Prize in literature. On a more personal level, the win is notable for Ms. Munro because this year, at the age of 82, she announced her retirement from writing. Dear Life, according to the author, will be her last book.

As with any Canadian award-winning author, we are exceptionally proud of Ms. Munro and her recent honour. Ms. Munro is a wise and magnificent writer, and her award was well deserved.

If you're curious to read any of Munro's books, McNally Robinson proudly carries them all. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability or to request a copy.

Also be sure to check out some videos of Ms. Munro, including this rare candid interview:

There is also this video of Munro being interviewed about her book, Too Much Happiness, at the International Festival of Authors in 2009.

Categories: Awards, Interview, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author Videos, Literature
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